Parragon Publishing put out two different small hardcover Chicken Cookbooks, which I happened to purchase at bargain/clearance sales (at different times during the year). I thought I had purchased a chicken only cookbook before, but could not remember what the book cover was or specific recipes. Now I have two cookbooks I can draw from when I’m at a standstill on what to do with yet another couple chicken thighs or breasts. Here’s a note I’ll repeat, as I’ve said before in the forward to my cookbook, “Simple, Healthy, Fresh 1.0”: recipes are like blueprints–you can follow them directly the first time or make any changes or substitutions to make the recipe your own.
From the back of the book:
Chicken: An ultimate collection of step-by-step recipes
Chicken is one of the most versatile meats and also one of the healthiest, making it a popular choice for today’s cook. This fascinating book contains 120 recipes from around the world, all especially designed for the home cook. Whether you are on a diet, entertaining guests, or just want to rustle something up in a hurry, there is something in this book to suit all palates and occasions.
Cookshelf Chicken is a typical little cookbook by Parragon publishing. Rush to gather recipes, write them up and get them on the shelf. The recipes themselves aren’t difficult and the ingredients are easy to find (or substitutions) at any grocery store. Having said that, view recipes as a blueprint: you are free to follow them or make any substitutions as you please, making it your own. Use some common sense when reading ingredients or directions. If you see an error, adjust your recipe to what you have used before, such as one recipe calls for 32 shallots, another calls for 14. Would you use 32 shallots? Of course not. I would use 2 or 3 or substitute 1/4 sweet yellow onion. Use common sense.
There are some out-of-the-box thinking with some of the recipes, that I would love to try! Such as Dickensian Chicken Broth, Elizabethan Chicken and Lady Jayne Chicken. Of course you wouldn’t make each recipe every day. These would be for special occasions or when you want to impress guests. Sometimes we get in a rut with our chicken meals, fried, baked, braised, steamed and so on.
I would recommend Cookshelf chicken with a nod to commonsense, giving it 3 1/2 to 4 stars.
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From the back cover: